Tremolo Lights is a four-piece indie pop band based in Los Angeles, CA. The band formed in late 2017, when Stacy Cole (vocals/guitar) had a vision, and met Fabian Peña (drums/producer). Shortly after, they met Sean Embrey-Stine (keys/vocals) and Rachel David (bass/vocals).
The band went on to release Colors of the Dreams which is a four-song EP. They have this fantastic sound that melds synth pop, a bit of disco and rock. There is this very classic late ’70s and early ’80s sound. The band that came to mind was Heart but there are also shades of Juice Newton and Fleetwood Mac. I found the sound to be original yet retro and a welcome deviation from the more contemporary synth sound of bands like Chvrches and Passion Pit.
Peña apparently did all the production. Suffice it to say there is no doubt he has a lot of experience in this arena. I loved the aesthetics which have a very ’70s feel to me. The dry close mic-ed drums in particular just had this fantastic ’70s sound.
Cole has more or less a perfect vocal style for these songs. She really nails it with all the songs. It never feels contrived or forced. There is this ease to her delivery and again there is this ’70s, even early ’80s aesthetic. I instantly appreciated her delivery and inflection.
The band gets going with “Chase The Night.” This is just infectious just beginning to end. They create this summer jam which twinkles in the moonlight evening by the drive in. There is this sort of nostalgia too in there that reminded me of finding that first spark of love when you are young or feeling like the night is full of wonderful possibilities. There isn’t the slightest bit of melodramatic pretension.
They continue to hit it out of the park with “Afterglow.” The airy vocals are just so on point. They actually reminded me of a band called Broadcast on this song. Up next is “Tidal Wave” and it comes closest to a ballad in the style of Juice Newton and Fleetwood Mac. There is more of a pop ’70s sound and it could be the single today or fifty years ago. The chorus is so catchy. They go four for four with “Albuquerque” which has a kinetic energy and a beautifully explosive chorus that glows.
I rarely find a band that grabs me this fast. The songs embrace the warmth, comfort and joy of nostalgia rather than focusing on the somber reflection and inevitable loss of those memories which has become a recurring cliche within music. It’s the reason you smile when thinking about those long summer nights that seemed like they would never end.
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